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In Turkey - 10/2010 - I was probably at 185lb





178 pounds! after finishing CLX :) December 18, 2011





Targeted target goal weight - 145lb



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An expat's journey to healthy lifestyle in Nigeria

Updated 09/25/11.

Revelation - I have come to realize that this is really about changing your life style. It's not just about losing weight and fitting into cute outfits. This is a life journey! I've realized that I can overcome this. The circumstances are different and I just had to adapt! There are fresh vegetables & fruits available in local markets (tomatoes, lettuce, cucumber, carrots). I make fresh salads, home-cooked meals and eat at home. Control my portion. Cook in large ...
Updated 09/25/11.

Revelation - I have come to realize that this is really about changing your life style. It's not just about losing weight and fitting into cute outfits. This is a life journey! I've realized that I can overcome this. The circumstances are different and I just had to adapt! There are fresh vegetables & fruits available in local markets (tomatoes, lettuce, cucumber, carrots). I make fresh salads, home-cooked meals and eat at home. Control my portion. Cook in large batches. Drink lots of water. I got some dvd so I'm using Turbo Fire and starting p90x next week. I found zumba in town and also hot yoga as well. I realize that it's about the choices you make. It's easy to attribute the difficulties in changing your life style to circumstances around you. It's ESPECIALLY easy when it's a different country. But it's about the choices and making that attempt to change. Although I do miss the variety I have back home (strawberries, broccoli, brussel sprouts, nectarines)... But you just have to make the best out of the experience!
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Hi! My name is Joanna and I'm an expat living in Abuja, Nigeria. I've been living here now for 14 months. I've grown to love the culture, people, weather and food here. I used to be on SP before I moved and managed to lose about 40 pounds.

But I've fallen off the wagon. I have stopped tracking calories and exercising. With moving to a new environment and country, I have to adjust my diet completely and having new ways to eat healthy and do exercise.

With a new year and 5 months until I hit the big 3-0. I have decided to get back onto SP. (thanks for work for upgrading the internet! we used to have terrible internet connection. I also treated myself to a blackberry - therefore I have made a commitment to track calories with my phone) - NO EXCUSES!!!

I'm a foodie. Everyone who knows me well know that I love to cook and browse foodie blogs. With living here in Nigeria - I found that I can get a lot of fresh ingredients. Granted most food that I get here are not ready made, as if I'm back in the US. I know that can make things from scratch - that means I know what ingredients go into my food!

I'm determined to eat well with proper proportion. Using the fresh ingredients that I can get here. Exercise. Have a positive attitude.

My goal is to get down to 145 lbs.

Swimming - Chalean Extreme - Running - Turbo Jam - 30 Day shred

I can do this. Let get this going!
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Updated 9/26/09
192 lbs! I can't believe it! That means 23 lbs are GONE FOREVER! no intention of finding them again :)

But things have been slowing down for a little bit. I went back to China with my family for 2 weeks. While I didn't gain any weight, I certainly didn't lose any either. Much thanks to lots of walking and climbing up the Great Wall! I should be thankful that I didn't gain much weight during that time.

Anyways, I was struggling with jetlag and starting a new job so I just end up limiting my portions and keeping my calories range in check. Hence the scale kind of stop going down. But I am back and now joined a new gym! Thanks to SP! I love reading different sparkpages and getting myself motivated!

Goal right now. To get down to 180lbs by Halloween! Here we go!

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7/2009 - Intro
I've been struggling with my weight almost my whole life. I joined SP about 2 years ago and had success in losing 10 lbs or so. But then with life, laziness and grad school, I just totally gave into my cravings and gain back all those weight, and then more! Someh ow something just clicked in me in July and I'm now committed to have a healthy lifestyle. I have decided to slow down and decided to pay attention to myself. Encouragement will be much needed along the way :)

SW: 220lbs (5/2009)
SW with SP: 215lbs (7/8/2009)
Month #1: 205lbs (8/8/2009)
Month #2: 196 lbs (9/8/2009)
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Member Since: 7/22/2009

SparkPoints: 18,660

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My Goals:
Stay within targeted calorie range

p90x & turbo Fire hybrid Program

Hot Yoga 1x/week

Drink at least 8 cups of H2O each day



My Program:
Eat within targeted range
Exercise at least 4-5x/week

Work hard, eat healthy and locally.

Personal Information:
I'm an expat working in Nigeria for pediatric HIV work. I love the challenges of living and working overseas.

Reward for weight loss:
180lb - sew a new top
170lb -
160lb -
150lb - Pair of Christian Louboutin black pumps


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Newest hobby - to find a sewing machine and start making bags and simple tops from the wonderful fabrics that are available in West Africa!

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LIFEASMRSA
2/2/2012 10:38:12 AM

Thanks for adding me as a friend! :) I'm not sure what lime would do....but I prefer lemon when it's in water.. Lime is yummy in pho though! Lol

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